In 1795, newly retired, General Henry Knox bade farewell to Philadelphia and moved his family to the newly built Montpelier in Thomaston, Maine. There, he had a hand in many of the emerging businesses in within the midcoast: He shipped timber, quarried lime, made bricks, experimented with agriculture, built a lock and canal system, built many roads, and got involved with land speculation. The elegant house he built at the head of the St. Georges River epitomized the dreams of the young republic. It compares favorably with George Washington's Mount Vernon and Jefferson's Monticello, and Knox made it the center of many enterprises in midcoast Maine, employing many citizens. Visitors are guided through this historic home, capturing the essence of General Knox and his lifestyle through the years.